Permanent collection - The MMCA

permanent exhibition

in short

The Macedonian mouseum of Contemporary art is a remarkable achievement of individual initiative. It all started in 1978, when a catastrophic earthquake happened in Thessaloniki. Maro Lagia, (an owner of a private gallery) proposed to Alexandros Iolas the creation of the centre of contemporary art.
Alex Mylona
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Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
Egnatia 154 (on the grounds of Thessaloniki International Fair)
54636 Thessaloniki

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in detail

Iolas' response was immediate: He said: "Apart from hospitals and orphanages, Thessaloniki needs a museum of Contemporary art!" This friendly communication with Iolas led to the a donation of 46 works of art. This donation encouraged the lovers of art who first supported the whole idea and that was how first Macedonian Centre of Contemporary Art came into being.

One of the primary concerns of the newly founded association was to find a place to house the Iolas’ collection/donation, the first 47 works of art. This problem remained unresolved for a long time. During that period the MCCA held a series of remarkable art exhibitions at various places in the city.  For some years it was hosted in an industrial hall, the factory of Filkeram Johnson. In 1991 the museum came here, in this pavilion with a loan-for-use.

In 1994, after many burocratic procedures and many adventures the first Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece, was founded as an institution of private law, under the supervision of Ministry of Culture. After some extensions and architectural additions now its size mountes up to 4.500 square meters.
General admission: 4,00 €
Students: 2,00 €
School groups: 1,00 €
Adult groups: 3,00 €
Groups from cultural vocational training institutes (IEK, Manpower & Employment Organisation): 2,00 €

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Opening Times

11:00 - 15:00
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Summer Opening Hours (16 May - 14 September)
Tue-Sat: 10:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 21:00
Sun: 11:00 – 15:00;

The Museum is closed on mondays and on the following public holidays: 1 January, 25 March, 1 May, 15 August, 26 & 28 October, 25-26 December; "Clean Monday" (1st day of Lent), Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday.

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